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Golfing in the Algarve

The Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations. This gorgeous coastal region of Portugal enjoys sunshine in every season, ensuring fair weather on the fairways all year round. Plus, there are more than 30 fantastic golf courses on an appealing Atlantic coastline of just 85 miles. Look below to find a number of hotels with these stunning golf courses nearby and even some packages where your golf rounds are included!
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Great climate

The region’s golf courses are open all year round, but its golfing season typically lasts from October to May. Throughout this period, you can still expect temperatures to range within a pleasant 22C-10C with up to 10 hours of daily sunshine.

Plenty to see and do

If you fancy taking a break from the golf, you’ll find lots of things to do in Vilamoura as it has a huge tennis academy and flittering nightlife by the marina. The region is also famed for its cliff-backed beaches along Albufeira.

Top resorts

For an ace golfing base, Vilamoura is a real draw as it has no less than six golf courses within easy reach. Alvor is just a short journey from several championship-level courses, while it also has a charming Old Town and beautiful river boardwalk.

Algarve golf hotels

  • Victoria Vilamoura
  • Old Course, Vilamoura
  • Old Laguna, Vilamoura
  • Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
  • Pestana Alto, Vilamoura

Victoria Vilamoura

Laguna, Vilamoura

Par: 72

Length: 6121m

Designer: Joseph Lee

Course Type: Marshland/Links style

Tee to Green: Located on low-lying marshlands, this course features numerous water hazards and extensive bunkers. Another hazard is the wind which blows over the exposed location, adding to the links-style nature of the course.

Signature Hole: The drive on the par 4 9th hole requires an accurate shot, with water down the right and a large bunker and out of bounds down the left. The small green is protected to the rear and right by two large bunkers.

The 19th: Clubhouse shared with Oceanico Millenium. Restaurant. Bar. Pro shop. Driving range. Practice Putting green. Buggy bar. Valet service.

Old Course, Vilamoura

Par: 73

Length: 6524m

Designer: Frank Pennink

Course Type: Parkland

Tee to Green: Renowned throughout the world and one of the oldest in the Algarve region, this Frank Pennink designed course gently undulates through the major hazard – pine forests.

Signature Hole: The most scenic hole on the course, the par 3 4th is played over the only water hazard on the course. The green is also guarded by an umbrella pine and three bunkers.

The 19th: Restaurant. Bar. Pro Shop. Driving range. Practice putting greens. Buggy bar. Valet service.

Old Laguna, Vilamoura

Par: 72

Length: 6102m

Designer: Sir Henry Cotton

Course Type: Parkland

Tee to Green: The last course designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton, this course incorporates the local landscape to create rolling fairways and elevated greens.

Signature Hole: The 555 yard par 5 16th, once the longest hole in Europe, offers a real test. Keep your drive to the right to avoid the pond down the left hand side. The hole is known as “Sir Henry’s Challenge”.

The 19th: Restaurant. Bar. Terrace with views of 3rd fairway. Pro shop. Putting green.

Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura

Par: 72

Length: 6393m

Designer: Donald Steel

Course Type: Parkland

Tee to Green: A typical Algarve inland layout. This 27 hole course winds its way through pine and fig trees and incorporates a number of lakes into the interesting layout. The course has hosted the Portuguese Open on two occasions.

Signature Hole: The par 3 7th requires a daring shot over water. The small green leaves a tough putt if you hit the safety of the back of the green, with the slope running back to front.

19th Hole: Restaurant. Bar. Pro shop. Putting green. Buggy bar. Valet service.

Pestana Alto, Vilamoura

Par: 72

Length: 6651m

SR: 120

Designer: Arnold Palmer

Course Type: Parkland/Championship

Tee to Green: Oceanico Victoria opened in 2004 and since 2007 has played host to the Portugal Masters. The Championship course offers a stern test with extensive water hazards which blend seamlessly with the wetland landscape.

Signature Hole: The par 5 12th offers a stern test with the fairway flanked to the left by a large lake and bunker to the right. The daring can reach the green in two over a section of the lake that intersects the fairway and the guarded bunker.

The 19th: Restaurant. Pro Shop. Driving range. Practice putting greens. Buggy bar. Valet service.

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